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Did you forget to renew your PTA license?

Tuesday, October 1, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Did you forget to renew your PTA license?

A review of the need to maintain active license and its relation to ethics

By: Sarah Keller PT, DPT, IPTA Ethics Committee Chair

It’s that time of year again…. license renewal time (PTA).  The practice of physical therapy requires a license which, in Illinois, is governed by the Illinois Physical Therapy Practice Act and Administrative Rules.  Only those individuals who meet and maintain the standards established by the state’s regulatory board will be allowed to represent themselves as a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant and participate in the provision of physical therapy services. 

Every Physical Therapist license issued under the IL Practice Act expires on September 30th of each even numbered year while each Physical Therapist Assistant license expires on September 30th of each odd number year. 

It is the responsibility of the licensee to:

  • Maintain a record of, and provide if asked, evidence of the required continuing education to maintain licensure in Illinois.  For Physical Therapists this is 40 hours of continuing education and for Physical Therapist Assistants this is 20 hours of continuing education for each renewal period. 
  • Apply for renewal to the state of Illinois and pay the required fees. 
  • Provide the state with notification of any address and name changes.

Forgetting to renew your license has ethical and legal considerations.  Practicing physical therapy or offering to practice on an expired license is considered unlicensed practice in the state of Illinois and is possible grounds for discipline.  In addition, our Code of Ethics speaks to the need to maintain licensure, specifically Principles 5A (Physical therapists shall comply with applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations.) and 6A (Physical therapists shall achieve and maintain professional competence.).  In addition, you may face workplace violations for not renewing your license in time.

As licensed professionals we have the obligation to maintain our license just as the state of Illinois has a responsibility to protect the public through the process of licensure. 

To find information about application requirements, access to Illinois Physical Therapy Act, and Administrative Rules for Illinois please visit IDFPR's website.



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